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Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

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Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

Written By: Ruth 


Sewing machine (1) 

basic sewinq tools (thread, scissors, 

pins) (1) 

hand electric drill (1) 


multiple types of fabric (1) 
lenaths will vary bv size 
pressboard scrap (1) 
pneumatic cabinet hinqes (2) 

• EL wire (1) 
Acrylic paint (1) 

foam alliqator mask (1) 

plastic mesh m 

Rare earth maqnets (18) 


shoulder blades to near-floor lenath 

Utilitv hinae (2) 

steel adjustable hose clamps (2) 

• 6"x1" steel reinforcement piece (2) 
polyester stuff ina (1) 

Screws (1) 


You'll make a set of wings that raise themselves and become the back of Maleficent's cape, 
as well as the other parts of the costume, including bodice, skirt, and headpiece. 

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Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

Step 1 — Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

• Begin with the wings. Here's the basic idea: Use two pneumatic cabinet hinges to attach 
the PVC pipe to the pressboard to make the wing structure. 

• The wings themselves are made of black satin cut in a semi-circle shape with casings at 
the top, sewn to the PVC frame. I intentionally didn't give them more significant winglike 
structure so that they were more "in the transformation" rather than completely 
transformed state. 

• Make a simple, deep-V neck top out of a sturdy woven material with a pocket in the back 
the size of the pressboard piece, which it will be inserted into. Use a size zipper to get in 
and out. 

Step 2 

► I pieced together some ancient 
patterns and made up some of my 
own for the bodice and the skirt. 
Feel free to shape it however feels 
"dragon" to you. 
• To dragon scale the bodice, cut 

rows of dragon scale and sew 

them one line at a time to a base 

garment. I've uploaded the 

pattern for curved or straight 

dragon scale here: 1/07/... 

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Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

Step 3 

• For the skirt, using a swirled 
pattern will help represent the fire 
that consumes Maleficent. Here's 
just such a pattern! 

• Sew green EL wire into the skirt, 
mainly behind the green panels, 
with the battery pack clipped to 
your waistband, and turn it on to 
make your "flames" flicker. 

Step 4 

• The rest is details that are up to you. Cut horn shapes and stuff them with polyester filling 
for your headpiece. The mask is an alligator mask I found at the dollar store and painted. 
Don't forget the green makeup! 

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Maleficent/Dragon Costume 

Step 5 

• The finished costume represents 
Maleficent's transformation into a 
dragon. It begins looking like 
Maleficent, a black cape and her 
horned headpiece. 

• The dragon mask is hidden 
under the cape and held with a 
snap to the bodice. 

• The front of the cape is held with 
magnets to the back neckline of 
the dragon bodice. 

• The wings are held down with 
snaps that have one half on the 
wing and one half on the bodice. 

• To make the transformation, pull 
the front of the cape and drop it, 
swiftly move the mask to the 
headpiece, where its magnets grab 
magnets hidden in the headpiece, 
and release the snaps for the 
wings, which will automatically lift 
thanks to the pneumatic hinges 

I have several blog posts about the makeup and mask making as well as some of the other 
pieces at 

This document was last generated on 2012-1' 

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